Motives Matter — Part Four of A Biblical Study on Prayer

Hello Princess!

I thought I scheduled this for Monday, but I guess I didn’t…. whoops! Well, I hope you’re encouraged by it!

Prayer is not about saying words. Or asking for things. Or getting anything from it at all.

It’s about God. It’s about the all-powerful, loving Creator of the universe.

Keeping your mind on Him is what makes prayer powerful. Accepting His will for your life. Asking for His will in your life to be done! That’s what makes prayer powerful! It’s your mindset.

The motive you have coming into prayer is vital to the effectiveness of your prayer.

But that’s the thing. Prayer isn’t about setting your agenda. It’s about desiring His will for your life.

I want to be careful that I’m not diminishing the value of prayer here. Prayer DOES change things. It changes people. And God often times does graciously grant us our requests. We ARE to ask in faith, believing that He will grant it to us.

If you want to pray effectively, pray for God’s will.

Think of when Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane.

“…He knelt down and prayed, saying, Father if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” — Luke 22:41-42

Jesus makes His request, but then He says that He’d rather have God’s will done, than His. That’s the mindset we ought to have coming into prayer. Though, I must admit, IT IS VERY HARD SOMETIMES A LOT OF THE TIME MOST OF THE TIME!!

“You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” — James 4:3

Make sure that you aren’t selfishly asking for things, but that you are TRULY seeking God’s will for you!

If you want to pray effectively, don’t pray to be seen

“When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” — Matthew 6:6

While God commands us to pray, it is by no means some religious practice that gets you brownie points with God. It’s not about showing other people about how much faith you have. It should ONLY be about the love you have for God and others.

Remember the Pharisees. How they would go to the street corners to pray to show off their ‘spiritualism.’ We don’t want to be like them. Jesus had some HARSH words for them! (To say the least!)

Don’t pray to be seen! Pray so that your relationship with Christ would become deeper and more real to you!

Finally, If you want your prayer to be effective, pray, expecting to see God move.

Jesus had just performed a miracle where a fruitless fig tree, upon Jesus word, shriveled up and died, when He told His disciples of the power of faith. He told them that if they had the faith the size of a mustard seed, they could move mountains. Then He said this:

“Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” — Matthew 21:22

When you pray, watch! Look to see how God is moving in response to your prayer! Come into the throne room of God with expectation that you’ll see Him to mighty things! And He WILL!

Princess, when you pray, your motives matter! Make sure that you’re not praying just to be seen, but that you really care about God’s will and that you believe you’ll see Him move! He’s powerful! He can work miracles in your life! Indeed, He’s already worked many for you! He can do it again!ā¤ļø

I hope that you often find yourself seeking the will of God for your life! And pray away! šŸ˜ƒ

Have a WONDERFUL day! šŸ˜ƒ

Love in Christ, Noelle Rose

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